Monday, 14 March 2011
Niger presidential run-off vote fair and peaceful
The interim military rule helped organise the vote a year after ousting former president Mamadou Tandja. The army, which has pledged to step down in April, said it was not backing either candidate and would respect and serve the government elected by the people.
EU monitoring chief, Santiago Fisas, said the election was a "victory of the people of Niger". He added: "It is an example of how to come again to democracy in peace."
African Union head Khalifa Babacar Sall called the voting process "free, transparent and peaceful”. Speaking on national television president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Abdourahamane Ghousmane, said provisional overall results of the second round will be known by Monday 14th March.
Sources: BBC News, Bloomberg, Reuters
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